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Informational Speech Instructions

For your informational speech, you need two things: (1) a typed speech outline and

(2) a five-minute speech. 


The speech outline has several parts which are outlined here.


The heading goes at the very top of your outline and contains four items: (1) your

name, (2) the title of your speech, (3) your specific speech purpose, and (4) your

thesis statement.


The introduction follows the heading on the page and contains four parts: (1) your

attention-getting statement(s); (2) audience relevance statement(s); (3) your 

speaker credibility statement(s); and (4) a preview of your speech.


The body of the speech should be organized in standard Roman numeral fashion

as in your textbook in Chapter 10 which also includes examples of speech 

outlines. Use indentation to separate parts of the outline as in Chapter 10.

Remember that each line, whether a Major Topic line, such as I, II, III, 

minor topic line, such as A, B, or C, support material line such as 1, 2, 3, and

a, b, c, etc. MUST be a complete sentence. If you have problems constructing

your outline, see me or your supplemental instructor in my office.


The conclusion has two parts to it: (1) a brief summary of the main ideas in your

speech, and (2) a closing statement.


Your speech should have an introduction, a body and a conclusion. You should plan

on making from 3-5 major ideas supported by different types of evidence. You should

design audiovisual aids to accompany your presentation; different types of 

audiovisual aids are described in Chapter 13. On the day of your speech, dress up

as you will be making a public performance.

As speeches are timed, be sure that you rehearse your speech at least six times

so that your speech is close to five minutes. Points are taken off for speeches

under five minutes and over six minutes.




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